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Curriculum Units


The United States in Afghanistan

Students use primary source documents, readings, and new media sources as they consider the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

American Revolution

The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion

Readings, simulations, and primary sources prompt students to consider the complex factors that led to rebellion, war, and, ultimately, the independence of the United States.


Brazil: A History of Change

Students examine the surprising and often overlooked history of how Brazil became a unique, dynamic country with an important history, diverse culture, and its own path of development.


China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response

Using readings, documents, statistics, and simulations, students explore the history of U.S. relations with China and consider the global impact of China's transformation.

Civil Rights

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Students trace the history of the black freedom struggle from Reconstruction through the 1960s.

Climate Change

Climate Change and Questions of Justice

Students explore the causes and effects of global warming and delve into questions of who is most responsible for and vulnerable to the changing climate.

Cold War

The Origins of the Cold War: U.S. Choices after World War II

Drawing on primary sources, statistics, a timeline, and selected biographies, students engage in the national debate on the U.S. role in the world in 1946.


Colonization and Independence in Africa

Students explore Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and consider the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies.


History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

Readings, and simulations, and primary sources help students step into the shoes of ordinary Cubans to consider Cuba's future.

Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering its Place in Cold War History

Using primary sources, students explore the dynamics of the Cold War and step into the shoes of President Kennedy's ExComm during the crisis.

Fog of War

Teacher's Guide for The Fog of War

This guide provides a series of lesson plans to accompany Errol Morris' Academy Award wining full-length documentary. [Teacher's Guide only; DVD not included]

Foreign Aid

Dilemmas of Foreign Aid: Debating U.S. Policies

Readings, speeches, statistics, case studies and simulations enable students to examine U.S. aid policy and explore the ethical dilemmas faced by policy makers.

French Revolution

The French Revolution

Using readings, primary sources, role-plays, and simulations, students consider the issues facing France at a time of social and political upheaval.


Confronting Genocide: Never Again?

Through case studies and primary sources, students trace the international community's response to genocide and consider how to respond in the future.

Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution

Readings, primary sources, maps, simulations, and a digital timeline enable students to explore the history of Haiti and consider the legacies of the revolution.


Ending the War Against Japan: Science, Morality, and the Atomic Bomb

Through readings and simulations, students explore the political, military, and ethical issues involved in the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan.

Human Rights

Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy

Students use readings, case studies, and primary sources to examine the role human rights has played in international politics.


Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Drawing on statistics, speeches, and commission reports, students examine the historical and current dimensions of immigration policy from multiple perspectives.


Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

Students examine the era of British trade and rule in India, the rise of anti-colonial movements, the political negotiations that led to the creation of India and Pakistan.

Iranian Revolution

Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution

Using readings and primary sources, students trace the history of Iran, explore the 1979 revolution, and consider the legacy today.


A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Students recreate the debate surrounding the decision to go to war, assess the war's impact in the United States, Iraq, and beyond.


Between World Wars: FDR and the Age of Isolationism

Using maps, transcripts, audio, photos, statistics, timelines, and simulations, students examine the inter-war years and recreate the American debate over the Lend-Lease Act.

League of Nations Debate

To End All Wars: World War I and the League of Nations Debate

Using readings, primary sources, and simulations, students explore the causes and effects of World War I at home and abroad.


Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Readings, maps, artwork, documents, and simulations enable students to see the world through Mexican eyes and to contemplate current Mexican policy choices.

Middle East

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy

Drawing on maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students examine the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East from 1900 to the present.


Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Students explore Nigeria's history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country's future might look like.

North Korea

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat

This Lesson helps students better understand the domestic and international issues around North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Nuclear Weapons

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

Students use readings, primary sources, and simulations to examine the history of nuclear weapons, explore arguments for and against them, and consider current challenges.

Russia's Transformation

Russia's Transformation: Challenges for U.S. Policy

Using readings, maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students explore Russian history and consider the U.S. relationship with Russia today.

Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

Using readings, speeches, political reports, art, music, statistics, maps, and simulations, students explore events leading up to the Bolsheviks' assumption of power.

Slave Trade

A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England

With readings, letters, maps, statistics, and simulations, students explore the triangular trade and the nature of slavery in New England.

South Africa

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa's Struggle

Using primary sources, and simulations, students consider the issues faced by opponents of apartheid and recreate the debate among South Africans in 1961.

Spanish-American War

Beyond Manifest Destiny: America Enters the Age of Imperialism

Readings, primary sources, and simulations enable students to probe the political and ethical issues raised by the Spanish-American War.


Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

With readings, primary sources, statistics, cartoons, and case studies, students prepare for a debate in the U.S. Senate on the response to terrorism.

The U.S. Constitution

A More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debate

Using primary sources, role-play, and simulations, students examine the context in which the U.S. Constitution was framed.


International Trade in a Globalized World

Drawing on readings, statistics, and simulations, students explore the basics of international trade and consider its role in this era of globalization.


Empire, Republic, Democracy: Turkey's Past and Future

Students use primary source documents, readings, and new media sources as they consider the questions and challenges facing people in Turkey today.

U.S. Role in the World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

Readings, primary sources, political cartoons, maps, statistics, and simulations draw students into the promise and uncertainty of the modern era.

United Nations

The United Nations: Challenges and Change

Using primary sources, charts, case studies, and simulations, students examine the historical origins of the UN and consider its role in the world today from multiple perspectives.

Vietnam War

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam

Using maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students evaluate how successive U.S. administrations perceived the situation in Vietnam, and implemented policy.

War of 1812

Challenge to the New Republic: The War of 1812

Students use primary sources and readings to immerse themselves in the struggle to establish the new federal government's role in foreign policy.


Weimar Germany and the Rise of Hitler

Using political posters, songs, art and literature as well as laws and speeches, students recreate the moment of the Reichstag elections in July 1932 and consider its legacy.

Westward Expansion

Westward Expansion: A New History

Students use readings, primary sources, and an in-depth case study to explore U.S. westward expansion from multiple perspectives.